Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Alaia Chronicles: Legends, #1) Kindle Edition
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True love is magical. Finding your prince is just the beginning.
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Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet and true love in realms near and far have won more than thirty awards.
When Cate's elementary school teachers assigned creative writing projects, writing became a force in her life. She wrote through high school, particularly when bored in class. (Rumor has it those early pages consisted of fantasies about Duran Duran, but she is silent on the issue and keeps those notebooks from prying eyes.)
She put fiction aside to earn a Ph.D.--but her muse, even while stuffed in a dark closet, never shut up. Now she and her muse and her story people get to play every day. (There might be strawberry mojitos involved, but again, she's not saying.)
Top Customer Reviews
+ Quick and easy read.
+ Accomplished writing style.
+ Author does a nice job at conveying the troubles immortals must face when living amongst and loving mortals.
- A few of the metaphorical descriptions felt a tad over exaggerated and could be confusing. Examples include "jabbing an ice spear through the gut" or "answer knifed him through the gut." In a fantasy setting where knives and spears are prevalent I found myself doing a double take when reading these passages to verify what was actually happening.
- Title is a bit redundant as a scimitar is a sword.
"Swords and Scimitars" was a well written fantasy short with a dash or romance thrown in. I will admit that I'm slightly embarrassed for reading this (I have a weak spot for Arabian fantasy) as I didn't realize it was geared more towards the romantasy reader. That being said, I can certainly understand the appeal to the other reviewers here. Kismet's tale of grief and redemption was intriguing and well thought out giving readers an in-depth look at the various hardships of immortality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A charming story well developed and with engaging characters. A world to revisit.Published 4 months ago by P
I was disappointed with how short the story was. It read to fast but it was a good read. I wish there had been more details, it was like the entire middle of the story was missing.Published 9 months ago by Kayla Warren
Four stars. Interesting premise well developed and well written. I enjoyed the concept of a divinity suffering remorse and developing a sense of responsibility. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathleen
Ms. Rowan certainly packed her short story, "Swords and Scimitars" with more insight than I could have imagined. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donald Ewing
A great beginning to a great fantasy series. I hope Cate Rowan continues this enjoyable tale. Looking forward to reading them all!Published on September 9, 2013 by Carissa D Barthelemy
In this prequel to the fantasy series, we have excellent mythos building. This very much has the tone and feeling of an origin story from any culture. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Cat's Romance Novel Themepark
I liked her other short stories better. This one was a bit too slow for me, so I found it rather dullPublished on April 9, 2013 by Tricia Landefeld
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO TELL US THE STORY OF KISMET. I AM VERY PLEASED TO KNOW WHAT WAS INVOLVED IN GIVING US THE SAVING"IT'S KISMET". Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Mary Danner
Well worth the time to read this tale. It's got me wondering what's next for the characters, where does the story go once it's left our mortal world? Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by C. Weedon
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